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A Joyful World

Christ is coming again

My family and I love the various holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. Whether celebrated in Chicago, Missouri, Sudan, or Jerusalem, we love decorating, reflecting on the goodness of God and giving gifts, as modeled by the Father’s gift of the Son and the Magi bringing presents to Jesus.


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Christmas music

We also love listening to Christmas music, especially songs bringing glory to God. The next few articles will give attention to some of the best known Christmas carols.

A Joyful World

Joy to the World, the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her King;

Let every heart prepare Him room,

And Heaven and nature sing,

Prepare Him room

God sending His Son is joyful, defeating the works of the devil and providing the way of salvation. Will the world receive the King this holiday season? Will every heart prepare Him room?

Psalm 98

Issac Watts wrote the song, based on Psalm 98. Verses 4-6 read:

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!”

His second coming

This song is sung to celebrate the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem yet Watts wrote “Joy to the World” to celebrate His second coming, when He gives lasting peace.

A coming judgement

Psalm 98: 7-9 reads:

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it! Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.”

Will you be ready?

Jesus came two centuries ago to the shouts of “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” He will come again for the church (His bride), and will rightfully and fairly judge the world.

The challenge

Prepare room for Jesus this Christmas. Allow the Greatest King to joyfully enthrone your heart. Experience the divine peace lacking in the world, coming from the Ruler of peace.

How do you express joy during the holiday season? Share your comments below.

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